Look here if you find yourself wondering about terms related to micro-credentials. Jargon can be confusing! Remember - micro certifications = micro credentials. These are taken directly from State University of New York's Glossary of terms for micro-credentials.
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"A digital representation of achieving a learning outcome. Electronic badges include meta-data on the evidence of learning and information about the evaluation criteria and sponsoring institution. A type of micro-certification."
"A credential issued by an institution that contain fewer courses than a degree and a smaller domain of knowledge. Must by approved by a governing authority."
"demonstrated mastery or competency in specific knowledge, skills or processes that can be measured against a set of accepted standards"
"Learnable, measurable and / or observable knowledge and skill-sets gained"
"A degree represents satisfactory accomplishments within an accepted body of knowledge"Degrees can be conferred by an institution and are regulated by a regional authority
"that which a learner is expected to know, understand, or be able to do after successful completion of a planned process of learning"
"legal permission, typically granted by a government agency, to allow an individual to perform certain regulated tasks or occupations. Licenses are based on pre-determined, standardized criteria, involving educational programs of study, assessments, and/or work experience and are time-limited requiring periodic review and renewal."
"A massive open online course (MOOC) is a model for delivering learning content online to any person who wants to take a course, with no limit on attendance. MOOCs are increasingly used as vehicles to deliver micro-credentials."
Prior Learning & Assessment Recognition - a recognized process where a learner can show their knowledge in a specific area - and receive credit - that was obtained formally, informally or experimentally.